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All You Can Eat

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October 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Want to eat a bug? Here’s your chance

Beetle larvae and crickets courtesy of Marx Foods

Beetle larvae and crickets courtesy of Marx Foods

It’s not just crickets anymore.

Remember when Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik began serving those bugs, hoping to show they could be an inexpensive, environmentally sound source of protein? Specialty retailer Marx Foods is now also selling all sorts of insects along with its dried mushrooms and chilis and jams.

The store will feature a free “Edible Insect Tasting Soiree” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at 144 Western Ave. W. “Bug Chef” and cookbook author David Gordon — yet another Seattle expert on “entomophagy” — will be there to answer questions. Ready for the tasting menu for what some call the food of the future? In addition to the crickets, also served in the form of energy bars, it includes beetle larvae, silkworms, black ants, earthworm jerky, and armor tail scorpions. Sound… delicious? “Beetle larvae taste pretty good!” says Marx retail manager Veronica Lim.

Comments | Topics: David Gordon, entomophagy, Marx Foods

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